Re: console shows ààààààààà on startup soon after starting sshd & cron

Dave Cottlehuber dch at
Thu Sep 12 20:16:45 UTC 2019

On Fri, 26 Jul 2019, at 13:07, Dave Cottlehuber wrote:
> Anybody seen this before? Over ipmi, soon after ssh and other daemons 
> start, with
> normal text output, text is garbled:
> Mounting late filesystems:.
> Starting sendmail_submit.
> Configuring vt: blanktime.
> Performing sanity check on sshd configuration.
> Starting sshd.
> Starting cron.
> Starting 
> backgroàààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààààà
> is displayed on the console.
> Immediately after shutting the system down, normal text resumes. I'm 
> guessing it
> is some misconfiguration of some lconsole or terminal settings, but I 
> have no idea
> what that might be?
> A+
> Dave

I'm no tty* expert but after vacation, I realised /etc/ttys has been modified.

diff /etc/ttys:

@@ -13,10 +13,13 @@ ttyv6       "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  off secure
 ttyv7  "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         cons25  off secure
 ttyv8  "/usr/local/bin/xdm -nodaemon"  xterm   off secure
 # Serial terminals
-ttyu0  "/usr/libexec/getty std.19200"  dialup  on secure
-ttyu1  "/usr/libexec/getty std.19200"  dialup  on secure
-ttyu2  "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   dialup  off secure
-ttyu3  "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   dialup  off secure
+# The 'dialup' keyword identifies dialin lines to login, fingerd etc.
+# NB these are required for IPMI SoL to function after kernel loads
+ttyu0  "/usr/libexec/getty 3wire"      vt100   onifconsole secure
+ttyu1  "/usr/libexec/getty 3wire"      vt100   onifconsole secure
+ttyu2  "/usr/libexec/getty 3wire"      vt100   onifconsole secure
+ttyu3  "/usr/libexec/getty 3wire"      vt100   onifconsole secure

I have no idea why somebody would have set these differently for 10.x vs 12.0R but maybe 
this will help future users.

I did try editing this manually and then `pkill -HUP 1` in case that fixed it interactively,
but no such luck, a reboot was required.


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